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goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 9:34 AM

GOT THIS IN AN EMAIL. ENJOY.

BEST  LAWYER/INSURANCE STORY OF THE  YEAR,

DECADE, AND POSSIBLY THE CENTURY.

This took place in Charlotte North  Carolina.  A lawyer purchased a box of
very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other
things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the
lawyer filed  a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small
fires.'

The  insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the
man had consumed the cigars in the normal  fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON!   (Stay  with  me.)

Delivering  the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the
claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that  the lawyer held
apolicy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were
insurable  and also guaranteed that it would insure them against  fire,
without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was
obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process,  the insurance company
accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the
cigarsthat perished in the 'fires'.

NOW  FOR THE BEST   PART...

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on
24 counts of ARSON!!!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used
against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured
property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award
contest.

ONLY IN  AMERICA.... NO WONDER THE REST OF THE WORLD THINKS WE'RE NUTS

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 10:14 AM

While I understand you posted this for entertainment purposes, I thought the snopes article on this was interesting as well, claims this urban legend has been made into a song by Brad Paisley!

http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/cigarson.asp

Thanks for the Post Sheral, that was fun!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 10:19 AM


goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 10:31 AM

I posted the email exactly as I received it. I thought it was funny, and just crazy enough to be true. Why does everything have to be dissected?

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 10:37 AM

Perhaps you didn't read my previous message. I thought the snopes article was INTERESTING so posted it, the way I would post anything that was interesting, and your post was FUN. THANK YOU.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 10:44 AM

In other words, it wasn't meant to make you look stupid, merely to generate conversation on this funny piece.

asor
Asor  (Level: 156.0 - Posts: 589)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 11:48 AM

I enjoyed the post and also the Snopes follow-up (love that site). And clicking through on Snopes brought me to a page that informed me I've been spelling "just desserts" wrong my whole life. Had no idea it was "just deserts" (but pronounced like the former).

For those of you who care about that sort of thing (and I think it's a majority of people on this site, thank heavens, here's a link: http://www.snopes.com/language/notthink/deserts.asp

So, thank you to you both!

wiseoldowl
Wiseoldowl  (Level: 32.0 - Posts: 479)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 1:23 PM

Wow, I've been using 'just dessert' all my life, too. Never looked it up; just took it for granted it was the 'dessert' as in the last course of a meal. Hmmmh. Supports the theory that 'you learn something new every day'. Thanks for sharing!

BTW, I only read the initial posting above and haven't yet visited the You Tube link, but want to say .... I loved it! woo

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.1 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 1:24 PM

I tell my French acquaintances that they have too many laws and that we Americans have too many lawyers.

Cased closed!


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